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WORLD Institute

Workforce Outcomes Research and Leadership Development

Founded by Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and the College of Nursing & Health Innovation at Arizona State University.


To create an academic-practice partnership comprised of nurse leaders, researchers, and educators who are co-creating a sustainable program of research on innovative healthcare leadership development programs throughout the professional continuum, while emphasizing the impact of these programs on clinical, workforce, and organizational outcomes.


We will generate and test new models of leadership development that result in highly effective clinical leaders, while demonstrating the influence of mindful leadership on clinical, workforce, and organization outcomes.



Our membership model like the WORLD-Institute itself is innovative and broad, employing a crowd-sourcing effort to build on the advanced knowledge and expertise within the discipline of nursing.  Our focus is on well-documented interrelated challenges spanning the domains of clinical education, research and practice:

  • Within education: Engagement at the point that new evidence is developed which supports efforts to utilize current best practices in the advancement of student curriculum and learning.
  • Within research: Efforts to sustainably fund leadership research through traditional mechanisms at large scale has proven challenging.
  • Within practice: Organizations are increasingly challenged to continuously improve leadership practices and optimize resources.

The WORLD-Institute has entered the data analysis stage on several studies that will have immediate impact on education, research and education.  Our work will become increasingly beneficial over time through collaboration and pooling of knowledge resources.  As these data grow, we will be able to address important and previously unanswered questions around the relationship between leadership, quality improvement, and outcomes.  We are proud to share that our conversations both within our organizations and externally often end with the same conclusion… “…clearly this work is needed and we are excited to be a part of it from the beginning.”


Advisory Board

Judy Bealdean and professor, Simmons College School of Nursing and Health Sciences, Boston, MA

Joan Shinkus Clarksenior vice president and chief nurse executive, Texas Health Resources, Arlington, TX

Sean Clarke, associate dean for undergraduate programs and professor, Boston College School of Nursing, Chestnut Hill, MA

Michael Evans, dean and professor, UMC endowed chair for excellence in nursing, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Nursing, Lubbock, TX

Karen Hill, chief operating officer/chief nursing officer, Baptist Health Lexington, Lexington, KY; editor-in-chief, Journal of Nursing Administration – JONA

Cheryl Hoying, senior vice president patient services, Children’s Hospital of Cincinnati; associate dean, University of Cincinnati College of Nursing, Cincinnati, OH

Kathy Malloch, president, KMLS, LLC; professor of practice, ASU College of Nursing & Health Innovation, Phoenix, AZ; clinical professor, Ohio State University College of Nursing, Columbus, OH

Tim Porter-O’Grady, senior partner, Tim Porter-O’Grady Associates, Inc., Atlanta, GA; professor of practice, ASU College of Nursing & Health Innovation, Phoenix, AZ; clinical professor and leadership scholar, Ohio State University College of Nursing, Columbus, OH; adjunct professor, Emory University School of Nursing, Atlanta, GA.

Jaqueline Somerville, consultant

Maureen Swick, PhD, RN, NEA-BC – Chief Executive Officer, American Organization of Nurse Executives, Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer, AHA

Pamela A. Thompson, MS, RN, CENP, FAAN – Chief Executive Officer Emeritus, American Organization of Nurse Executives

Deborah E. Trautman, president and CEO, American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Washington, DC

Jean Watson, founder/director, Watson Caring Science Institute, Boulder, CO; distinguished professor emerita and dean emerita, University of Colorado College of Nursing, Denver, CO

Marla Weston, chief executive officer, American Nurses Association Enterprise, Washington, DC